Monday, December 31, 2012

Fall session #2: Famous Artists and Fascinating Cultures

Day of the Dead Skull Masks
Every year we learn about Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday that commemorates the life and death of their loved ones.  This year we learned about sugar skulls and we painted swirly flowers with bright colored acrylics on paper mache masks.  We also learned about symmetrical design, colors and motifs used by the Mexican people in their folk art.

Visit the Day of the Dead Masks Gallery for all of the kids artwork! 

 by Connor, age 10
 by Avery, age 9
 By Jane, age 6

Leonardo da Vinci Architecture and Invention Sketches
As we studied about the famous Leonardo we looked at pictures of his architecture and invention sketches which are amazing drawings of his scientific discoveries and genius mind at work. Our drawings let the kids learn how to draw in 2 point perspective and 3D shapes along with using their imaginations to come up with their own inventions.  Afterward we had fun making our drawings look old! 

Visit the Leonardo Sketches Gallery to see all of the kids' artwork! 
 By Abigail, age 7
 By Hayden, age 9
By Katherine, age 5
Mayflower Sailing Ships
To commemorate Thanksgiving this year, we learned about the pilgrims and their ocean crossing in the Mayflower and other similar ships.  Our sailing ship art project was created in 3 different ways.  This art project reinforced drawing and transfer techniques.
Ages 12 and up learned wood burning. 

Visit Mayflower Ships Gallery to see all of the student's artwork! 

 By Cameron, age 13
 By Zachary, age 13
Ages 10-12 drew ships, transferred them to wood and painted them with watercolors.
 By Kate S., age 10
 By Olivia N., age 10
 By Connor, age 10

Ages 6-10 drew ships and used a fun transfer process using oil pastels which resulted in colorful ships.  

 By Alyssa, age 8
 By Bayleigh, age 9
By Laila, age 6
Mary Cassatt Studies week #1: Learning how to draw the face
To introduce how to draw portraits as we studied Mary Cassatt, we learned how to draw the face.  The kids did really well with the correct placement of all of the facial features. Many of their drawings turned out to look like themselves.

Visit the Portrait gallery to see all of the students' artwork!

 By Preston, age 11
 By Aubrey, age 7
By Emily, age 7

Mary Cassatt Studies week #2: Baby Portraits
Our next project was challenging for the kids but I think they did an excellent job and the resulting art is so cute!  

Ages 10 and up free hand drew from their baby photos using what we learned the week before for facial feature placement.  Then they used colored pencil and chalk pastels for color. 
 By Averie, age 12
 By Olivia C., age 10

Ages 6-10 used tracing paper, transfer paper and then colored pencils and chalk pastels.  Although this was not free hand drawing for them,  it really helped to reinforce the placement, size and shapes of facial features.  
 By Abigail, age 7
 By Joshua, age 10
By Jordan, age 9

Contemporary Seashells in Oils
Our oil painting class worked on their own design and style of seashell paintings using real shells and their imaginations for the compositions. The results range from realistic styles to contemporary colors.  Great work!
 By Aubree, age 15
 By Bethany, age 13
 By Sadie, age 15
 By Saige, age 13

                                                                   By Sarah, age 14

Christmas Crafts: Santa's Clothesline and Puzzle Ornaments
Our Christmas craft art class turned out to be lots of fun as we made Santa's Clothesline to hang on the tree and puzzle ornaments to paint.  
 Santa's Clothesline Garland
Reindeer Puzzle Ornament

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Coastal Creations

In this 6 week segment of art, I have used my trips to the Oregon Coast as inspiration to create our coastal themed projects.  I have emphasized to the kids that you can use your own experiences on family trips, photos you've taken and places you have been to help inspire your creativity. 

We started out with the colorwheel, because I think this is the most important art concept to learn for painting.  This year we tried printing the colors using Gyotaku starfish and other rubber fish.  It was a fun way to help reinforce colors.  Ages 10-13 learned how to lay out their paints for fine art watercolors.  And, what do ya know, they are in colorwheel order. 

As we continued through September and October, we also learned about texture, line, shape, form, and value and how they play a part in creating art.  Hope you enjoy taking a look at our projects from this fall.

Pastel Resist Lighthouses and the study of Edward Hopper by ages 6-10

Please see the Famous Artist tab above to learn more about Edward Hopper.

You can see the whole gallery at:
TCAS: Watercolor Lighthouses

By Belle, age 4

By Hayden, age 9
By Avery, age 9
By Aubrey, age 7

Fine Art Watercolor Lighthouses by ages 10-13

 By Cameron, age 12
 By Hannah, age 12
By Hunter, age 10

Lighthouses in Oils by the oil painting class, ages 12 and up

Taking a full 7 weeks to complete, these turned out beautiful but were definitely challenging for the students.  Way to go and a fabulous job, especially to those kids that were painting with oils for the first time!
 By Aubree, age 15
 By Bethany, age 13
By Saige, age 13

By Sarah, age 14 

3-D Sculptural Fish Markets

So, some of the parents might be wondering what this project was all about!  While I was in Oregon, I ate at a fish market/restaurant in Cannon Beach.  It had a great mural on the wall of people working at a fish market.  If you ever get a chance to visit Cannon Beach, you'll have to stop by and have some fresh clam chowder and fish and chips.  It's called, Ecola Seafoods Market and Restaurant. 
Here are some photos of the restaurant and mural:

Here's how the kids' art projects turned out.  Pretty awesome! 
You can check out all of the kids' work at the Flickr Gallery:
TCAS: Sculptural Fish Markets
By Kate, age 10 
 By Kendal, age 8
By Emily, age 7

Colorful Pencil Fish by ages 12-13

Using Prismacolors and watercolor pencils, the kids created some pretty amazing artwork of fish.
 By Averie, age 12
 By Cameron, age 13
 By Zachary, age 13

Faux Stained Glass by ages 6-10

Many shops on the Oregon Coast sell glassworks.  So we did a faux glass project that was a neat technique using tissue paper, watercolors and breaking my laminator!
You can check out all of the kids work at:
 By Hunter, age 9
 By Bayleigh, age 9
By Kierra, age 9

 Seahorses and Puffins by ages 3-5

Lots of fun projects this fall with the pre-K class! Here's a few with the book titles if you wish to get them for your kids.
 Storytime art about Seahorses was from the book: "Mister Seahorse" by Eric Carle
Storytime art about Puffins was from the book: "Nothing Like a Puffin" by Sue Soltis and Bob Kolar